Times of Oman
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ISM is centre for India's JEE tests
November 19, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Muscat: Starting April 2013, Indian School Muscat will be a centre for JEE (Joint Entrance Examination), formerly known as AIEEE, for students seeking admission to engineering colleges in India, an official communiqué from the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Indian Schools, Tonny George Alexander, has informed.

"This has been possible due to an initiative taken by the Board of Directors Indian Schools in Sultanate of Oman to which Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Delhi, responded favourably by including Muscat as a centre for JEE (main) from April 2013 onwards," the communiqué added.

Until now, there were only three other JEE centers in the Gulf region Dubai, Bahrain and Riyadh. Students from Oman had to travel to India or other Gulf centres to appear for exams soon after their XII Board exams that get over by March-end every year. With Muscat becoming a centre, it will be a big boon for students and parents and alleviate the difficulties they face every year at a crucial juncture of the academic careers of
their children.

In addition to the advantage of appearing in one entrance exam for colleges in India, students can now take up this exam in Oman itself. This will help in the continuity of preparations soon after the Board exams and they can also spend more time with parents. It would also provide adequate emotional support to students during the preparatory period for JEE (mains).

The stress that students have to face in travelling and then taking up the JEE exams in India, or at any other centre in Gulf, will no more bother students who can  stay well focused on studies now.

Tonny George Alexander further said that the Indian School Muscat is already a dedicated centre for SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), the score of which helps in seeking admissions in foreign universities.

Now, the availability of Indian School Muscat as a centre for JEE will provide a big fillip to fulfilling the academic aspirations of the students residing in Muscat.

Over 1,000 students appear for XII CBSE exams every year in the Sultanate of Oman.
Admissions to undergraduate engineering programmes at NITs, IITs and other centrally funded technical institutions funded by state governments and other institutions will involve JEE (main). This exam will also be an eligibility for the Joint Entrance Exam (advanced) if an aspiring candidate wants to join undergraduate programmes of IITs.
The details are available on the site,  www.jeemain.nic.in.

The site for filling the online application forms has already opened and the last date is December 15,  2012. Queries, if any, can be sent to jeemain2013@gmail.com. The list of institutions admitting students (with the final intake in each discipline) through JEE (Main)-2013 shall be available on the web site www.ccb.nic.in in the months of May/June 2013.

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